Explore Ghana & Cote D’Ivoire

Ghana (Accra, Kumasi, Cape Coast, Elmina) Cote D’Ivoire (Abidjan, Abengourou, Yamoussoukro)

Explore Accra and the surrounding areas including various historical sites, Cape Coast castles, and the Aburi Botanical Gardens. Then head to Cote D’Ivoire where you will visit Abidjan and Yamoussoukro!

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  1. Day 1: Accra, Ghana

    Once you arrive in Accra, you’ll be warmly received after going through immigration and customs. You will be picked up by our cultural tour guide and transferred in a private A/C vehicle to your hotel in Accra. Check-in at your hotel, relax and prepare for the next day’s activities. You will have a brief orientation with your guide on what to expect during your stay in Ghana.   

     

    ***This largely depends on your arrival time in Accra : 

    You may tour the beautiful and vast campus of the University of Ghana, Legon in our private air-conditioned vehicle. Afterward, check in at your hotel and have a brief orientation with your guide on what to expect during your stay here in Ghana. 

    Hotel: Best Western Plus Accra Beach Hotel

  2. Day 2: Accra and Vicinity

    Highlights:

    • The Independence/Black Square
    • The Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park
    • Jamestown Fishing Community

    Explore the vibrant city of Accra, which is a blend of historic and modern buildings, with many colonial-era buildings still evident today. There are many historical landmarks in this 120-year-old city, including areas like New Town, Ga Mashie, and Jamestown. 

    • We will first visit the W.E.B. Du Bois Centre was established in recognition of the life of the prominent Pan-Africanist who chose to live and work in Ghana. The Centre is a place for Pan-African Thought and houses a conference room, as well as a memorial/museum documenting Du Bois’ life and highlighting Ghana’s role in Pan-Africanism.   
    • We’ll continue to Independence Square, where you will see the flame of African Liberation that was lit by Dr. Kwame Nkrumah in 1961. The Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, with its attractive gardens and museum, is a great place to learn about the first President of Ghana. It also serves as the final resting place for the late president, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah after his previous burial in Guinea and Nkroful, his birth town. 
    • We also visit Jamestown Community, the oldest city in Accra. It is the most historic neighborhood where history resides on every corner. Best known for its lighthouses (the first of which was constructed in 1875 by the British) as a navigational aid for trading vessels sailing through the Gulf of Guinea. The original structure was ruined but a larger and more improved lighthouse was completed in 1921. 
    • Our day ends with an authentic African shopping experience at the Accra Arts and Crafts Centre, one of Ghana’s largest outdoor crafts and art market. Here you will find local and traditional artworks, crafts, paintings, and African wear. You may try out your negotiation skills. 

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

    Hotel: Best Western Plus Accra Beach Hotel

  3. Day 3: Accra / Kumasi

    Highlights:

    • Manhyia Palace Museum
    • Prempeh Jubilee Museum

    Following a good breakfast, we check out of the hotel and depart to Kumasi, the capital city of the Ashanti Kingdom.  

    On arrival in Kumasi, visit the Manhyia Palace now a museum, which contains treasures relating to the Ashanti Kingdom.  The Ashanti form the biggest population group in Ghana. For centuries they were the rulers in this region because of their military supremacy. At Manhyia Palace, disputes are still settled in accordance with centuries-old customs where the King has the final word. 

    We continue to the Prempeh II Jubilee Museum where we gain an insight into the history and culture of the Ashanti Kingdom where you will see a replica of the famed Golden Stool, which is believed to have descended from the sky and is the spiritual symbol of the Ashanti People. You’ll also take a walk-through display on local folklore and pick up some information on local crafts. 

    Transfer to your hotel for your overnight stay; evening at leisure 

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

    Hotel: Noda Hotel

  4. Day 4: Kumasi

    Highlights:

    • The 3 Craft villages of Ahwiaa, Ntonso and Adanwomase

    You’ll be greeted with a warm welcome and an authentic Ghanaian breakfast before we set off to explore the Ashanti culture. Our full-day tour of Kumasi and its vicinity blends in many aspects of the Ashanti culture and offers you the chance to discover the fascinating and vibrant culture in breathtaking settings. 

    You will further explore some of the significant cultural villages of this ancient Kingdom on visits to some of their craft villages as follows: 

    • The village of Ahwiaa has long been known for its many talented craftsmen who fashion Royal Stools, walking sticks, and fertility Dolls from wood. This thriving community is also known for producing some of the most talented artisans who create hand-carved jewelry boxes and other wood-carving items of all kinds. 
    • At the village of Ntonso, you can learn about the cultural significance of Adinkra cloth and watch as textiles are created from Adinkra symbols using Black Dye obtain from the bark of a special tree which only grows in the North. You can either draw your own Adinkra symbols or purchase pre-designed pieces of fabric. 
    • Adanwomase village, where you will witness how the local weavers work on their looms in the town center and demonstrate how the famous Kente cloth is made in a time-honored tradition passed down through generations. You may decide to purchase some of the stunning Kente fabrics on display at the center. 
    •  to purchase some of the stunning Kente fabrics on display at the center. 

    Late afternoon, you will visit the Kejetia market. Noted as one of the largest commercial centers across Africa, this vibrant market attracts traders from all corners of Ghana with an abundance of fresh fish, authentic African fabric for making custom-made clothes, beauty products, foodstuff, jewelry, and handmade crafts. 

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

    Hotel: Noda Hotel

  5. Day 5: Kumasi / Cape Coast / Elmina

    Highlights:

    • Assin Manso Slave River Site
    • Cape Coast Castle

    After a hearty breakfast, we will depart Kumasi for Cape Coast. En route, we will visit the burial site of two former slaves from the U.S. and Jamaica whose remains were re-interred in August 1998 during Ghana’s first Emancipation Day celebration. You can see the ‘slave river’ where enslaved Africans were washed before being confined in the castles to await shipment to the Americas and the Caribbean. 

    Arrive in Cape Coast early afternoon and continue the tour to Cape Coast Castle, perched on a cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The Castle is home to the West African Historical Museum established by the Smithsonian Institute in collaboration with the Ghanaian Government. The Castle was once the hub of human trading in West Africa that served as an important link in the transatlantic slave trade but now restored as an important UNESCO World Heritage site.” 

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

    Hotel: Coconut Grove Beach Resort

  6. Day 6: Elmina / Accra / Abidjan

    Highlights:

    • Kakum National Park

    After breakfast, you will visit Kakum National Park in Ghana. It has one of Africa’s famous rainforest canopy walkways. This canopy walkway will be one of the highlights of your time in Ghana. Prepare to take a deep breath while you walk the suspended bridge and marvel at the breathtaking views that stretch for miles across the rainforest. 

    You will stop at Abandze, the ancestral home of Louis Armstrong, America’s famous Jazz Musician. 

    Arrive in Accra in time for your flight to Abidjan. Upon arrival at Felix Houphouet Boigny International Airport in Abidjan, you will be warmly welcomed by our representative and transferred to your hotel. 

    The rest of the evening is at leisure.

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

    Hotel: Ibis Plateau Abidjan

  7. Day 7: Abidjan / Abengourou

    Highlights

    • Iniassue Fetish Dance
    • Visit the King of Niable

    After breakfast and check out, you depart to Abengourou, the capital of the Indenie kingdom. On your way, stop at the village of Aniassué where you will have the opportunity to see women who have become legendary for their ability to dance on stilts. You will enjoy the spectacular Komian Dance of these women as they demonstrate their talent in an environment that feels like a performance at a music festival. You’ll most likely also partake in some activities with the women, such as creating masks, fire spinning, or dancing!  

    Enjoy a tour of local cocoa and coffee plantations, the warm reception of the King of Niable, King Nanan Kouaho, and a meet and greet with local radio hosts. 

    Later, head towards Abengourou where you will check into your hotel 

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

    Hotel: Hotel Le Royaume

  8. Day 8: Abengourou / Yamoussoukro

    Highlights:

    • Lake of Fish
    • Cathedral Notre Dame de la Paix
    • The Sacred crocodile

    After breakfast, we check out of the hotel and continue our journey to Yamoussoukro. Today is for you to discover the magnificent Parc National du “Yamoussoukro” with its 16 sacred Crocodiles, the “Basilica Notre Dame de la Paix du Yamoussoukro” (World’s Highest Basilica), mosques, and polytechnic schools. 

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

    Hotel: Hotel President

  9. Day 9: Yamoussoukro / Abidjan

    Highlights

    • The Governor “Binger” Palace
    • Ariane Monument

    Your morning begins with a sumptuous breakfast at the hotel. Take a scenic drive along the lagoon to Grand Bassam, a city on the sea. Embark on a panoramic tour of this colonial capital during the French occupation, which is today a center for crafts and food markets. Visit the costume museum, craft center where you can see all kinds of crafts being made, governor’s palace, and Arianne Monument, a memorial of the yellow fever pandemic which plagued the city during the colonial times. 

    We continue to some popular local markets to shop for souvenirs before we return to Abidjan. On arrival in Abidjan, embark on a panoramic tour of the city. 

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

    Hotel: Ibis Plateau Abidjan

  10. Day 10: Abidjan / Depart

    Today’s activities will depend on your flight departure time.

    You are transferred to the international airport of Abidjan for your onward flight

    Meal(s) Included: Breakfast

Trip Includes:

  • Meeting and assistance upon arrival and departure
  • Round-trip airport/hotel transfers
  • Hotel accommodation in the indicated properties for 5 nights
  • Transportation in private vehicle
  • Experienced tour guide
  • Admission to listed sites
  • Meals indicated on the itinerary
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